The reopening of SR-45 is no small thing for southern Uintah County. After a 17-month closure, UDOT completed construction on a 157-foot bridge that spans an eroded mining trench on SR-45 near Bonanza. “SR-45 is an important highway for trucking, mining, oil and gas production, and recreation in the Uintah Basin,” shares UDOT project manager Larry Montoya. “This new bridge, and the newly reopened highway, will ensure that this key transportation link remains solid for years to come.” Local leaders worked closely with UDOT to keep the project moving along so the road could be reopened. “We stayed engaged in this project because we wanted to make sure it stayed on the front of UDOT’s priority list,” shares Uintah County Commissioner Mark Raymond. “Senator VanTassell was absolutely critical in securing funding for that project and making sure that it took place. It is in a remote area and could have been easily overlooked by UDOT but SR-45 is a major access in the southeast corner of the County and we did what we could to ensure that this project stayed on that priority list.” Drivers had about a 20 minute detour while the road was closed and construction was underway.